People seem to have taken out of context the point of my post yesterday. People have misinterpreted what I said to see it as me having given up on Cody and labeling him a prospect bust before he’s had a chance on the team. That’s far from the point I was trying to make.
I’m not one to fall into the brainwash of mainstream media. This city has fallen into a hype around Cody Hodgson and I’m not buying it. Ever since he was drafted he’s been viewed as the second coming of Trevor Linden and not only have the fans been consumed by this, but the media has perpetuated it by continuing to hype Cody and paint him in a light that he’s been unable to live up to in this pre season because of injury and a lack of conditioning in time for the pre-season.
I’m not taking away from the kid’s talent. But he is just a kid. He’s not the second coming yet. With all that in mind, I don’t care if it’s Heatley, or Hodgson I am not a fan of a player that does not earn his spot. After my post yesterday where I accused him of coasting onto the team because it’s be presumed by many that he’s going to get a spot he had a shot to prove what he brings to this team. He did not have a good game. Vigneault even went out of his way to emphasize that Hodgson’s play was not because he was hampered by a back injury.
He wasn’t hampered, he wasn’t playing well, and again he didnt have that edge that made him worth of a spot. My point was that Hodgson isn’t playing right now like deserves a spot on this team. Shirokov and Hodgson aren’t comparable because their styles of play are so different, but you can compare the two on whether they’re fighting to be on this team, and whether they’re playing like they deserve a spot on this team.
Hodgson’s play last night only confirmed that if one of the two players are going to make the team it’s going to be Shirokov. Every one’s going a little coo coo for Shirokov right now, but they have a right to be. The hype around Hodgson just isn’t warranted and I for one am not going to buy into this second coming that everyone think is around the coming, and that everyone expects. Hodgson’s one of the better draft picks the Canucks have had in a long time, he’s one of the few picks recently that we’re actually going to be able to capitalize on (Schneider who’s useless now that we have Luongo, White was a bust, Bourdon may he rest in peace, and Grabner who’s been invisible this pre-season) however I’m not going to treat him as some god child that goes without scrutiny and I’m going to be his largest critic.